Chris Kunitz LW PIT 1 Day

Kunitz (foot) is considered close to a return, but will not play Thursday against the Avalanche, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Kunitz first resumed practicing with the team Wednesday, so it's understandable that the Penguins aren't willing to rush him back into a game a day later when he probably still needs to get his conditioning up to snuff. Assuming that his broken foot doesn't cause further problems while he skates the next couple of days, look for Kunitz to potentially suit up for Saturday's tilt with the Panthers.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 1 Day

Kunitz (foot) joined the Penguins for Wednesday's practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Kunitz worked out with the team's strength and conditioning coach beforehand, and was given clearance to practice after experiencing little pain with his broken foot. The winger has been out since Nov. 29 and may need to log multiple practices before the Penguins clear him for a return from injured reserve.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 3 Days

Coach Mike Johnston said that he hopes Kunitz (foot), who skated prior to practice Monday, will return to practice later in the week.

He still needs to be cleared by trainers before practicing, but there's a chance he could return in a week or so. Kunitz hasn't played since fracturing his foot Nov. 29 against Carolina.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 3 Days

Kunitz (foot) skated on his own prior to Monday's practice, Root Sports Pittsburgh reports.

Kunitz attempted to skate last week as well, but was unable to, so this is certainly an improvement. He'll still need to return to a full contact practice before being ready to suit up for a game again, but Monday was a step in the right direction.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 7 Days

Kunitz (foot) attempted to skate prior to Thursday's practice but was unable to do so, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

After the rest of the team completed the practice, coach Mike Johnston said that the winger was "progressing slowly" with his recovery from the foot injury. Kunitz was only expected to miss about two weeks after he was diagnosed with a foot fracture on Dec. 2, but at this point, it looks like it might be wise to push back his recovery timetable a couple more weeks.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 13 Days

Kunitz (foot) was moved to injured reserve Friday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Penguins placed Kunitz on injured reserve in order to clear a roster spot for winger Rob Klinkhammer, who was acquired in a trade with the Coyotes earlier in the day. Kunitz is set to miss at least the next two weeks after sustaining a slight foot fracture a few days ago.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 16 Days

Kunitz has been diagnosed with a light fracture in his foot and is likely to miss a couple of weeks, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

There was some speculation that Kunitz might have been dealing with the rumored illness that threatened to sideline Sidney Crosby and Robert Bortuzzo on Tuesday, but he's apparently dealing with a more severe concern. More information regarding how the injury was sustained along with a firmer timetable should become available in the coming days, but fantasy owners should plan for a several-game absence. The winger, who had 20 points in 23 games, was replaced on the Sidney Crosby line by Nick Spaling on Tuesday.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 16 Days

Kunitz (undisclosed) will not play Tuesday against New Jersey, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

There was no immediate word as to why Kunitz won't be in the lineup Tuesday. He took part in the morning skate and coach Mike Johnston gave no indication after practice that he would sit out.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 19 Days

Kunitz ended an 11-game goalless drought Saturday, scoring his ninth goal of the season in a 3-2 win over Carolina.

After the contest, coach Mike Johnston said that Kunitz played his best game in "a couple weeks." He registered five shots on goal -- his highest total since Oct. 16 (the third game of the season). The forward also dished out five hits and finished plus-2 against the Canes.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 20 Days

Kunitz collected just his third point (an assist) in nine games for the Pens on Friday.

He failed to register a hit for only the second time in 22 games. Kunitz started strongly last year and then tailed off after the Olympics. Most likely the 35-year-old is simply slumping now or playing with a minor injury, but fantasy owners might want to keep in mind his sluggish finishes as the season progresses.